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Old 01-12-2008, 09:24 PM   #1
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I found a copy of Vernor Vinge's Rainbows End in the Creative Commons, in .html format. This is a recently published book, so it's certainly NOT in the public domain, though because it's in the Creative Commons, there are *some* limited usage rights. Is it acceptable/legal/reasonable to convert to .prc and post it here?

I'm planning to try and wade through the legal stuff, but wondered if anyone already happened to know what the rules are? Thanks.
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The matter has come up before. Mr. Vinge doesn't want the story converted.
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...inge#post90881
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The matter has come up before. Mr. Vinge doesn't want the story converted.
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...inge#post90881
Thanks so much! I guess it'll go on my Kindle, and no further. It's a great book.
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Old 01-12-2008, 09:38 PM   #4
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Ok,
I found a copy of Vernor Vinge's Rainbows End in the Creative Commons, in .html format. This is a recently published book, so it's certainly NOT in the public domain, though because it's in the Creative Commons, there are *some* limited usage rights. Is it acceptable/legal/reasonable to convert to .prc and post it here?

I'm planning to try and wade through the legal stuff, but wondered if anyone already happened to know what the rules are? Thanks.
See this thread: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...ighlight=vinge

Offhand, I'd say "convert for your own use, but don't distribute".
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Old 01-12-2008, 09:46 PM   #5
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The places where I find the text it does not say it has a creative commons license. And when Vernor Vinge stated he did not want it converted then the text was not under a creative commons license. If it now has such a license it might be OK to convert it and put it up.
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I can't find any sign that it was released under CC.
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I can't find any sign that it was released under CC.
Hmmm... I know I found the book by going to the CC site, and searching there. However, it looks like you might be right. Sigh... I may have misunderstood the situation.

So if a book HAS been released under CC (which I now believe this one has not been), IS it permissible to convert and distribute? Or does it vary from book to book, or author to author?
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So if a book HAS been released under CC (which I now believe this one has not been), IS it permissible to convert and distribute? Or does it vary from book to book, or author to author?
I think that would depend upon the CC license used. See here for info:
http://creativecommons.org/about/license/
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I think that would depend upon the CC license used. See here for info:
http://creativecommons.org/about/license/
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Thanks, Dennis!
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There are different types of CC licence, which grant different rights. One has to read the specific licence to find out which one it is, and what rights it grants one.
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